A summary of what's happening in the REBOL community.

Slightly later in September 2008

The web is the thing


Sabu Francis has modified Vanilla.

Vanilla is a REBOL implementation of Web Log and Wiki, potentially the first bliki system ever developed.

Sabu has released a version of Vanilla, labelled as 0.6.3 at sabufrancis.com.

A legacy contributor to the Vanilla system, Andreas Bolka, would like everyone to know that this is not an official release of the Vanilla system, originally by Chris Langreiter.

Sabu's software is based on the last release, 0.6.2, from 2004 and is documented as a modification in accordance with the Academic Free License version 2.0. This blogger is making this up, but perhaps this mod could be named Vanilla chocolate-chip. ;)

Regardless, Vanilla is a gem of REBOL software and can easily be installed along with an Apache webserver. Interest in ensuring this system works with the Cheyenne webserver means more news may be posted shortly.

For details of the newest, click to sabufrancis.com.

For general information on everything Vanilla and to see it in action, click to vanillasite.at.

Updated HTTP

Our good Graham Chui, flagship at Synapse Direct, has posted a link to an updated HTTP scheme for REBOL. Implements DELETE and PUT and adds the ability to send cookies, woohoo!, including with the GET verb.

See all this niceness at rebol.wik.is.

Samples of the simplicity.

URL: http://somesite.moc
read/custom URL [ put %file [ Cookie: "authtoken=foo" ]]
read/custom URL [ put "some text" ]
read/custom URL [ get "" [ Cookie: "authtoken=anotherfoo" ]]

As is becoming this author's favoured rebol rally, Go Graham Go!

Cheers from the REBOL Week crew

Later in September 2008


Cheyenne 0.9.19 Preview Release

Nenad has just published a link to the next Preview Release of the Cheyenne web server

Main changes are :

  • an improved PHP support (now works reliably)

  • sandboxed RSP webapps (as much as it's possible in R2)

  • now compatible with REBOL 2.7.6

  • bugfixes

See ChangeLog.txt file in the archive for complete description.

Support Cheyenne. Run a webserver. Go Doc Go!

Get the current zip from cheyenne-server.org.

Rebol Technologies

Name the GUI contest

Carl has given interested parties a chance to win a REBOL Release 3 T-Shirt. Perhaps the first ever R3 T.

See Name the GUI for complete details and a chance to offer up the winning name or acronym.

Cheers from the REBOL Week Team,

Somewhen in September, 2008

Syllable Server

In the "you scratch my back ..." department

This is a (reformatted for this blog ... mistakes may well be mine) reprint of a news release regarding Syllable Server. Many thanks to Kaj de Vos and the Syllable team. Syllable is now listed on the GNU/Linux distribution website, distrowatch/syllable. Well done and congratulations.

News Release

The third release of Syllable Server has been published. This is an
important release, because it is the first one that focused on making
the system actually usable as a server. A number of popular servers were added and configured, and also several innovative REBOL software stacks

Out of the imaginary box, Syllable Server is now ready for such things as accepting remote SSH log-ins over the network, running a web server on the Cheyenne cheyenne-server.org REBOL server, running an FTP server and several more.

Special attention has been paid to programmability, with support for developing Model-View-Controller web applications in QuarterMaster QuarterMaster and networking applications with the REBOL/Services REBOL/LNS Service Oriented Architecture.

The Genode genode.org Nitpicker windowing system is also included.

Read the rest in the full changelog. An extensive manual manual was also written, which is easy to follow.

As usual, both a BitTorrent download found here (preferred) and a regular download are available (80 MB 7-Zip archive). Please use the torrent if you can.

I hope you can do something useful with this, and if you do, please let us know, maybe through dropping by at http://syllable.org .

Cheers from the REBOL Week crew. With announcments like this, it's going to be another good week.

Midweek, September 10 2008


Nice changes

Sunanda has been hard at it of late, smoothing out and enhancing the script repository and all the other nifty things at rebol.org.

The site now has prettier URLs. http://www.rebol.org/cpt-list-scripts.r?user-name=gabriele will now work, bypassing the older /cgi-bin/cgiwrap/rebol/... naming convention.

News about changes to the Script popularity engine can be read from the mailing list archive in Sunanda's announcement To see the new statistics, visit script-popularity.r

In the Wild

DocKimbel announces a Windows printing system

rebols using Microsoft Windows(tm), now have access to REBOL application controlled printing.

Get an early copy of the code at Sofinnov.org

Nenad has stated that documentation is pending, and I hope I didn't betray his trust posting the temporary link here in the Week.

Note:This code requires the newest 2.7.6 REBOL release. It is a shiny example of what can be done with the now freed LOAD/LIBRARY feature.

And this indirectly traces back as to why Gabriele's name was used for the rebol.org URL announcement. Don't forget to check out the fantastic PDF Maker, with some documentation at pdf-maker-doc.pdf.
Gabriele did a wonderful job providing cross-platform print capabilities for REBOL developers a long time ago.

Both Nenad and Gabriele deserve a rousing round of rebol applause and revelry. That isn't really news, simply deserved.


As mentioned in the Breaking News, don't forget to checkout the latest RebDB
at 2.0.3 release notes.



Translations of some REBOL documentation in Japanese have been spotted on the REBOL Docbase wiki. Index of Japanese Documents. Check for pages created by user Skoba. Thanks go to S. KOBAYASHI.

Rebol Technologies

RT in the cave

We still await technicals from the Rebol Technologies bat cave. Yes, we want to see more REBOL/3.

Yet, as can be seen from the above notes, REBOL/2 is alive, well and quite vibrant. On that issue, our good Brian Hawley, and others, are always pushing the flag toward a 2.7.7 release. Release date pending.

Cheers once again from The REBOL Week crew.

Breaking news from RebDB

Major minor announcement

RebDB 2.0.3 announced with JOIN capabilities

Ashley Trüter of Dobeash Software just announced an update to the ever popular RebDB database management toolkit. Along with new string! input to the sql function, we also get colon argument replacements. Another new feature, and the big news is a new single table join facility. This facility also opens up a very nice list of values lookup enhancement.

Read the 2.0.3 release notes for more details.

Get the software (19K zip), to see for yourself.

Cheers from the REBOL Week crew. With news like this, it's going to be a good week.